On the occasion of Delhi University’s centenary celebration Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated as the chief guest. At the event, he spoke about his own ‘Vidyarthi’ days and talked about the importance of higher education in shaping the life of a student and the growth of the country. PM Modi, in his speech, touched upon various aspects of college life, including popular social media trends like Instagram Reels and iconic food joints in the university’s vicinity.
PM Modi at Delhi University’s centenary celebration began by expressing his excitement upon receiving the invitation to the event, acknowledging his familiarity with the institution and its history. PM Modi at Delhi University’s centenary celebration evoked a warm response from the audience, who greeted him with enthusiasm.
During his address, PM Modi at DU’s centenary celebration spoke at length about the opportunities available to educated youth in India today. He highlighted the recent ICET (Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology) deal with the United States, which he had concluded during his visit to the country. He emphasized that this agreement would open up new doors for Indian youth in fields such as artificial intelligence and semiconductors.
Along with the Prime Minister Modi, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh were on the stage. The front rows were filled with DU alumni, including Kiran Bedi, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and AK Sikri, as well as various politicians such as Rakesh Sinha, Meenakshi Lekhi, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, and Manoj Tiwari.
PM Modi at Delhi University’s centenary celebration also highlighted the camaraderie among DU alumni, noting that regardless of the years that had passed since their time at the university, they could spend hours reminiscing about various aspects of campus life. He mentioned popular hangout spots like Kamla Nagar, Hudson Lane, Mukherjee Nagar, and Satya Niketan, which hold a special place in the hearts of Delhi University students.
Drawing inspiration from the historical universities of Nalanda and Takshashila, PM Modi emphasized that the education system of India had suffered greatly under centuries of slavery and colonialism. However, with the advent of Independence, the nation’s educational institutions and universities became instrumental in nurturing a capable generation. According to PM Modi, Delhi University embodied this spirit and had been an integral part of India’s journey.
PM Modi at DU’s centenary celebration called upon Delhi University to embrace change and develop a roadmap for a developed India while preserving the essence of campus life. PM Modi specifically mentioned the experiences such as enjoying tea at Patel Chest Institute and savouring momos in Satya Niketan.
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